On debate night, Donald Trump was aggressively questioned about problems over his now-defunct Trump University. He is facing a class action lawsuit and the New York AG said the university was operating illegally as a university. The name had to be changed with the “university” removed. Marco Rubio called Trump a “con man” running a fake university as did Mitt Romney.
Megyn Kelly questioned Trump about the ‘D-‘ rating the university last had while it was operating but he claimed the university had an ‘A’ rating which it did have at one time. It also had a ‘B’ rating two years ago. It continually declined to a ‘D-‘.
Before the closing statements, Trump handed a fax to the Fox panel and said it was the upgraded rating to an ‘A’ just faxed in by BBB. Trump can be heard on the recording saying, “Better Business Bureau just sent it…this just came in.” This was reported by the Independent Journal Review.
— Independent Journal (@INJO) March 4, 2016
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is disputing the report. They were not the source of the fax, they said.
On Friday, the organization said this: “A video released by Independent Journal implies that BBB sent a fax in the middle of last night’s Republican debate, which we did not. The BBB Business Review of Trump Entrepreneur Initiative (formerly Trump University) has shown ‘No Rating’ continually since September 2015. The photo tweeted out after the debate last night did not show the current BBB Business Review or the current rating.”
On Thursday’s debate stage, Trump said of his school, “We have a 98 percent approval rating, we have an ‘A’ from the Better Business Bureau, and people like it.” Debate moderator and Fox News host Megyn Kelly responded that “the rating from the BBB was a D-minus, and it was a result of a number of complaints they received.”
Trump later claimed the rating was elevated to an “A.”
According to the BBB statement, “Over the years, the company’s BBB rating has fluctuated between an A+ and a D-. At this time, the status is ‘No Rating’ because the company is believed to be out of business.”
Trump appears to have had misinformation. He’s not a “con man”. This was a business that didn’t work out for him.
A CNN report filed Saturday charged Trump with breaking Fox News’ debate rules.
According to CNN, Trump consulted with campaign manager Corey Lewandowski during the first commercial break Thursday. All contact between the candidate and their campaign is prohibited.
Trump’s campaign has not responded but it is a petty complaint.
The Trump University exchange: